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PlantFiles: Husk Tomato, Ground Cherry
Physalis pubescens var. integrifolia 'Cossack Pineapple'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Physalis (fy-SAL-is) (Info)
Species: pubescens var. integrifolia
Cultivar: Cossack Pineapple

Synonym:Physalis pruinosa

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Remove fleshy coating on seeds before storing
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Suze_ On Jun 3, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Delicious little bags of tiny seeds. ;) Terrific for snacking on while working in the garden, and I can see how they would be great for making pies and jams. Children really seem to like them.

Super easy to grow.

60 to 80 days This is an Eastern European cousin of the Mexican tomatillo. The plants reach about 12 inches in height and spread into a bush of about 24 inches in diameter. Loaded with small (about inch in diameter) fruit, in husks, that have a pineapple flavor.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Pukalani, Hawaii
Elgin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas

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